Like the Apple Fanboy I am, I pounced on the Apple Store at 1pm UK time last Friday, ready to order my new iPhone 14 Pro. Unlike the frustrations many people seem to have experienced, my purchase was buttery smooth.
Twenty-four hours previously, I’d flatly denied to TheFrankFlyer that I would be getting a new phone. “No need!” I proudly exclaimed. “My iPhone 13 Pro is everything I need”. Cue smug smile and self-confident folding of arms.
Just a few minutes after 1pm the next day, I’d ordered myself an iPhone 14 Pro in midnight, along with a Series 8 Apple Watch, to upgrade from my existing Series 6. An easy, if expensive, transaction.
Fast forward to yesterday afternoon, and I had a sudden pang of doubt. Chatting about mobile phones with a (gasp!) Samsung-owning friend, it quickly became clear that I had absolutely no need for the new phone and I’d been caught up in the excitement of a new product launch.
My iPhone journey this year has been anything but normal. I’d upgraded from an iPhone 12 Pro to a 13 Pro Max. After a few months, I found the Max just too big for easy everyday use and sold it to buy an iPhone 13 Mini. Within days, I realised my ageing eyes couldn’t cope with the smaller screen, so I returned it and bought an iPhone 13 Pro.
This all took place within a few months.
Hold on a minute…
So, overcome with an uncharacteristic bout of adult thinking, I logged into the Apple Store and cancelled both my orders. It felt good to avoid getting the new phone, if I’m honest. The 13 Pro is an excellent phone and, with the addition of iOS 16 this evening, it’s going to get even better.
As for the Apple Watch, I’ll probably upgrade once I’m back from a trip to see family in Scotland. It’s not an emergency and I can live with the Series 6 for the foreseeable future. Given recent household bills and investments, this definitely seems like the right thing to do.
And so, the wait for iOS 16 commences. It should be available in my time zone at 6pm this evening, so it won’t be a distraction while I’m trying to get through my working day. Here’s hoping for an on-time arrival and a smooth update process.